What can Prudent Public Regulators Learn from the United
Dorbeck-Jung, Barbel R.
Vol. 1, Num. 3
This article examines the United Kingdoms regulatory strategy for nanotechnology and determines whether or not this legislation can serve as a model for other regulatory bodies to follow concerning the UK governments regulatory strategy, its regulatory attitude and its large variety of regulatory measures. While the author feels that the British can be viewed as prudent regulators where nanotechnology is concerned, it also stands that the focus on primarily voluntary modes of soft law seems to be insufficient in the case of strong commercial and confidentiality interests. The British could also serve as a cautionary tale, should their regulatory decisions turn out to be poorly founded. The danger the author sees is in the reactive nature of the UK regulations, and that the self-reporting nature of the legislation forces the government to wait possibly too long for word of a problem. In a climate where science and government are treated with equal mistrust by the public, this seems to only further validate such concerns.